Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How Far Can a $25 CVS Gift Card Go? More than $400 ~ The $25 CVS Gift Card Challenge #1 Final Tally

If you remember back in March I challenged Frugal Mom with a $25 CVS gift card--to see how far she could make it go with coupons and extra bucks.  Her first trip was on March 11 and she just had her last.  I asked her to share with you how she made out.  Her totals are impressive:  she saved just over $400 and has $16 in extra bucks left to keep shopping.  If you want to see the details on each
post check them out at Frugality Is Free:  CVS Gift Card Challenge.

Fifteen weeks ago Cheryl from Simply CVS issued the CVS Gift Card Challenge. She provided me with a $25 CVS gift card and challenged me to see, just how far I could stretch the CVS gift card with the help of her CVS savings posts at Simply CVS.

15 weeks later I can honestly say that Cheryl is the CVS master, and she has taught me exactly how I too can stretch my money at CVS week after week and only pay around a dollar or two out of pocket every week.

Even though I have less than a quarter left on the original CVS gift card, I still have $15.99 Extra Bucks left to spend

Check out what $25 gets you at CVS, if you use Cheryl's CVS shopping techniques. You can see details of each trip and exactly what I paid, and how I did it at in these CVS Gift Card Challenge posts at Frugality Is Free.
CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 1

Gift Card Challenge Week 2

Gift Card Challenge Week 3

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 4

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 5

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 6

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 8

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 9

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 10

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 11

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 12

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 13

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 14

CVS Gift Card Challenge Week 15

Total Left on the Simply CVS Challenge Gift Card 
+ $15.99 CVS Extra Bucks

Total saved in the CVS Gift Card Challenge $401.16

For the $25 CVS gift card, I got everything from my favorite shampoos, to a curling iron, batteries for the hurricane stock, brand name beauty products and lots of snacks for the kids. I spent $24.77, got $426.16 worth of products, and I still have $16 left in extra bucks to use at CVS.

Will I use everything that I have bought with the $25 CVS gift card? Some items have been donated, but most will be used by my own family. Before I started the CVS Gift Card Challenge, I had just cleared my beauty stock closet for donations, and after rolling CVS Extra Bucks for 15 weeks, my beauty closet is now filled to the brim again.

What can you get for $25 @ CVS?

4 x 64 oz Tropicana orange juice
2 x Bottles of V8 Splash
1 x curling iron
12 x pieces/bags of candy
3 x packs of gum 
3 x bottles of tea
3 x 2 liter sodas
3 x 12 pack diet cokes
3 x Single serve cereals
1 x razor
8 x toothpastes
8 x toothbrushes
2 x mouthwash
2 x bags of flossers
8 x travel size shampoos 2 in 1
7 x full size shampoos and conditioners
2 x allergy medicine
4 x packs of panty liners
1 x Hemorrhoid wipes
1 x eye drops
1 x travel pack baby wipes
1 x piece of make up
2 x nailpolish 
1 x bottle of liquid hand soap
2 x 3 pack bar soaps
5 x deodorants
2 x bottles of sun screens
2 x  bottles of laundry detergent
2 x packs of batteries

Total value $426.16
Total out of pocket $24.77
Total saved $401.16
15.99 Extra Bucks Back

Thanks to Cheryl, I have also learned a very important CVS tax tip, which has saved me lots of money over the past 14 weeks. I never realized how something so complicated could be so simple. 

I would like to thank Cheryl for issuing the CVS Gift Card Challenge. Thanks to the challenge I am once again passionate about saving at CVS, and when I forget how much I can save, I will always return to the CVS Shopping encouragement post at Simply CVS.

Our next challenger will be Amanda from Saving Myself Silly. Amanda will be starting in mid to late August.

I got the idea for the challenge because back in April of 2009 I received a $10 CVS gift card for participation at Gather.com.  At that time, I did not have to pay tax when using extra bucks—part way thru my challenge that changed and I had to pay tax.  I challenged myself to see how far I could make that $10 go at CVS.  My $10 gift card lasted for 17 weeks.  At the end of the time I had purchased over $725 dollars worth of products and had almost $35 in extra bucks left to spend (I had not extra bucks to begin the challenge).   If you’d like to see my gift card’s journey you can check out the final post in the adventures of the CVS gift card series, which includes links to each trip.  Oh, if only the deals were still as good and I didn't have to pay tax :-).  But you can see what can still be done thru Frugal Mom's recent challenge.

Now that Swagbucks offers CVS gift cards as one of the prizes I will at least have free gift cards to pay for all of that tax. If you want to learn how to earn free CVS gift cards at Swagbucks check out these tutorial posts I have been doing:  Swagbucks 101 Tutorials.


Anonymous said...

Now this is truly amazing!!! I am budgeted $40 a week between cvs and walgreens for deals. I wonder what i could do with a $40 gift card. Im not very good at rolling ECB sometimes which makes my OOP very high.

Danielle said...

Just wanted to say that this post was wonderful! It kind of makes me want to fork over $25 and try it myself.

Unknown said...

She did awesome! I can't wait. =D

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Anonymous said...

wow! Impressive!!! Nice work!